Mark Addy was known as ‘The Salford Hero’ for rescuing over 50 people from the river Irwell. He saved his first life when he was 13 before he was even able to swim. His bravery led to many awards including the Albert Medal presented by Queen Victoria.
Addy died after contracting consumption (tuberculosis) whilst rescuing a boy from the Irwell. On his death donations poured in to erect a monument to him at his grave in Weaste Cemetary. The excess donations were used to fund this portrait by Annie Lord.